EU Development Commissioner, Andris Piebalgs, has today announced that the EU will scale up its commitment to supporting sustainable energy in Africa. As he explained, blending operations (mixing grants and loans) with EU Member States for infrastructure projects in the energy sector in Africa will begin by the end of June.
Un paiement de 90 millions d'euros vient d'être effectué par la Commission européenne en faveur du Mali dans le cadre du «Contrat d'Appui à la Consolidation de l'État».
The European Union and Côte d'Ivoire announced today that they will launch negotiations of a new trade agreement to combat illegal logging. This scourge affects millions of poor people who depend on forests for their livelihoods, deprives governments of billions of euros every year and the associated deforestation worsens climate change.
On the occasion of the World Day Against Child Labour (12 June), High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice President of the Commission Catherine Ashton, Vice-President Viviane Reding, the EU's Justice Commissioner, Development Commissioner Andris Piebalgs, Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion László Andor and Commissioner for Home Affairs Cecilia Malmström made the following statement:
The European Union (EU) is to spend an unprecedented €3.5 billion between 2014-2020 on improving nutrition in some of the world's poorest countries, Development Commissioner, Andris Piebalgs, is expected to pledge tomorrow.
Commissioner Piebalgs welcomes approval of over €31.5 billion for EU development cooperation with ACP countries for the period 2014-2020
Joint Statement by the High Representative and European Commission Vice President, Catherine Ashton, and European Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs:
The European Commission will fund three projects in Mozambique that will potentially provide 50,000 people with access to clean water, increase trade opportunities by improving an international transport corridor, and support the finalisation of the construction of two hospitals.
The EU supports an interesting education project in Somalia to encourage girls to pursue their education. Thanks to the new 'Girl Friendly Spaces', for instance a library or a study room, it becomes easier for girls in Somalia to attend school and improve their participation.